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Orioles lose to the Mets yet again, 5-1


Orioles lose to the Mets yet again, 5-1

NEW YORK –- J.J. Hardy may return to the Orioles on Thursday, and Buck Showalter can’t wait to see him play shortstop again.

After the Orioles’ 5-1 loss to the New York Mets before 21,667 at Citi Field at Wednesday night, Showalter indicated he wasn’t pleased with what he saw on the field.

“There are some things in the middle of the diamond we’re not doing very well. Defensively, we’ve got to get better,” Showalter said.

Hardy went 4-for-12 in three rehab games at Bowie, and presumably he’ll be at Yankee Stadium on Thursday when the Orioles begin a four-game series with the Yankees.

In their first 25 games without Hardy who’s been missing with a left shoulder injury, the Orioles are 12-13, and clearly Showalter wasn’t pleased with the play of Everth Cabrera. He’s started 22 of the 25 games.

Ryan Flaherty, who’s also on the disabled list with a groin strain, and is eligible to return on Friday, started the other two.

But, it’s Hardy, who Showalter has likened to a point guard, who’s been needed.

“J.J. is a huge part of this team. He’s an anchor, he swings the bat really well. But I think more importantly he’s a great clubhouse guy, he’s been through the battles and is a great guy to just play ball with,” Caleb Joseph said.

“We’ve been looking forward to getting him back since the day he was injured. So, it’s exciting but we are not going to put the world on J.J. We are just excited to have him back in the clubhouse.”

Cabrera and Jimmy Paredes missed a grounder up the middle by Dilson Herrera that drove in the first run in the second.

The Orioles scored just three runs in two games against New York (18-10). They had 12 baserunners, but left 10 of them on.

“We haven’t done much offensively in two nights,” Showalter said.

In their last five games, the Orioles scored 11 runs and lost three of them.

“It just seems like every time we get a start that keeps us within the game, we just can't push that big hit across,” Joseph said.

The only Orioles run came in the fifth on an RBI single by Paredes. The inning could have been bigger had Cabrera not been caught off third base.

Cabrera was on third with one out when Alejandro De Aza’s bunt was fielded by starting pitcher Jacob deGrom. deGrom threw to third, and Cabrera was tagged out. Had he slid back into third, he would have been safe, Showalter thought.

Paredes’ single drove in Travis Snider, and Adam Jones walked to load the bases, but Chris Davis struck out for the third time.

deGrom (3-3), last year’s National League Rookie of the Year, allowed one run on six hits in seven innings.

Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2) was lifted for Snider, who pinch hit for him in the fifth. Jimenez gave up three runs on six hits in four innings. He walked two, and one of them, Michael Cuddyer, scored the first run.

“It seems like every time you start walking people, you end up having to pay for that. They’re going to find a way to score. It doesn’t matter how it is. It’s like you know it’s going to score,” Jimenez said.

Curtis Granderson hit his second home run of the year to lead off the third. The Mets scored their third run in the fourth on three singles and a sacrifice fly by Granderson.

Brad Brach allowed a two-run home run to Herrera in the sixth. Originally, Herrera’s homer was ruled a double, but Mets manager Terry Collins got a crew chief review, and the ruling was quickly amended.

Showalter argued that the replay was shown on the scoreboard before the play was actually reviewed, and that a pinch hitter was in the batters box to hit for deGrom before the home run was awarded.

deGrom stayed in the game, and the Orioles lost for the eighth straight time to the Mets dating back to June 11, 2010. New York visits Oriole Park for two more games in August.

Jimenez’s relatively brief outing ended the Orioles’ streak of seven consecutive quality starts.

“Probably not quite the command that he’s spoiled us with so far this year. He was very close to being good. I’m proud of him. We just scored three runs in two nights. That’s what it comes down to,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Cabrera is in an 0-for-17 slump. … Manny Machado stole two bases for the first time in his career. …The Orioles are 1-10 when their opponent scores first. ... Chris Tillman (2-3, 6.23) faces Nathan Eovaldi (2-0, 3.81) as the Orioles begin a four-game series at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.

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Rainout delays Orioles RHP Cobb's reunion with Rays


Rainout delays Orioles RHP Cobb's reunion with Rays

BALTIMORE -- The Tampa Bay Rays have to wait at least one more day before taking their swings against former teammate Alex Cobb.

Cobb, now with the Baltimore Orioles, was scheduled to face his old team on Tuesday night before the game was postponed by rain.

Thus, Cobb will start Wednesday in the delayed start of this series between the only two AL East teams with losing records.

The rainout will be made up as part of single-admission doubleheader on May 12.

It was the 27th major league game to be postponed this season, the most related to weather through April since the commissioner's office started keeping records in 1986. Detroit's game at Pittsburgh was washed out later Tuesday, raising the total to 28.

Cobb, 30, spent his entire career with the Rays before signing with Baltimore as a free agent on March 21. Over six years with Tampa Bay, the right-hander was 48-35 and one of the leaders of the staff.

"He was a crucial part to this organization's success," Rays starter Chris Archer said. "He's a big-game pitcher and somebody who's very consistent, very routine oriented. The competitive nature rubbed off on me and rubbed off on the other guys in this clubhouse as well."

Cobb signed a $57 million, four-year deal with the Orioles, who will be counting on him to deliver the same kind of pitching and leadership in Baltimore.

Thus far, it hasn't gone well. Cobb got off to a late start because he missed most of spring training, and since his return he's gone 0-2 with a 15.43 ERA.

"Abbreviation has affected that," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He's going to get going here. Hopefully he can wait one more start before he does."

Brad Miller was down to bat cleanup for the Rays on Tuesday night before the game was called. Miller knew better than to chat with his old friend beforehand.

"Definitely wouldn't talk to him on his start days," Miller said. "Thought about maybe texting him just to rattle him a little bit, but ... ."

Miller won't know what to think when he sees Cobb wearing the orange and black of the Orioles.

"It's definitely going to be weird seeing him on the mound," Miller said. "I miss Cobb a lot. He was the ultimate competitor."

And that, Miller contends, is what sets Cobb apart from most pitchers.

"He's a bulldog. Really intense, kind of an old-school throwback starting pitcher," Miller said. "He's going to go out there and do anything he can for his team. So that, for me, is obviously his biggest trait."

The rainout came at an opportune time for the Orioles, who are hampered by injuries and have lost nine of 10 games to fall 11 games under .500 (6-17).

Baltimore's projected starting lineup did not include infielder Tim Beckham, who's been bothered by a groin injury and is expected to land on the 10-day disabled list.

With Beckham out and Trey Mancini playing with a tender right knee, manager Buck Showalter would have been operating with a short bench.

Help is on the way: Baltimore claimed utility infielder Jace Peterson on waivers from the New York Yankees. He's expected to arrive Wednesday.

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Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games


Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games

BALTIMORE — The Cleveland Indians figured it would only be a matter of time before their struggling offense provided some support to a solid starting rotation.

Jose Ramirez and the rest of the batting order finally got into a groove Sunday, and the result was a 14-hit attack that carried Corey Kluber and the Indians past the Baltimore Orioles 7-3.

Cleveland came into the game with a .211 team batting average and ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs scored. On this day, however, Ramirez hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and a two-run drive in the ninth, and Yan Gomes had three hits to lift his batting average 41 points to .261.

"When things are not going my way, I stay positive and work it," Ramirez said through a translator. "I know eventually I'm going to break out."

Ramirez has three homers in two games and a team-leading seven for the season.

"I try not to do too much," Ramirez said. "I just look for a good pitch and then I hit it somewhere."


Kluber yielded two home runs to Manny Machado, but the Indians twice came from behind before tacking on three runs in the ninth.

"I thought we did a pretty good job," manager Terry Francona said. "When they came back, we came back at them. We kept pushing and took some better swings."

Kluber (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits over seven-plus innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner walked none and struck out four to move past Charles Nagy into sixth place on the Indians' career strikeout list with 1,238.

"It doesn't matter if you feel you pitched well or didn't pitch well. The goal is to end the game with more runs they do," Kluber said. "That's what we did."

Machado's third multihomer game of the season wasn't enough to prevent the Orioles from losing for the ninth time in 10 games, a skid that has dropped them 10 games under .500 (6-16).

"You know what? There's no excuse for what's happening," Machado said. "We need to play better overall. Nobody is in here pointing fingers. We are in here together, and we are going to ride or die together."

Andrew Cashner (1-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out seven. He's 0-3 with 7.41 ERA in three lifetime appearances against the Indians.

After Machado connected in the first inning, Cleveland went up 2-1 in the fourth when Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso hit successive doubles following a leadoff homer by Ramirez.

Baltimore regained the lead in the bottom half. After Machado homered, Adam Jones doubled and scored on a single by Chris Davis.

A pair of walks and run-scoring singles by Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley put the Indians up 4-3 in the fifth.

"Once you get the lead, you can't give it up," Cashner lamented.


Indians: CF Bradley Zimmer was a late scratch with a mild right ankle sprain. He was replaced by Rajai Davis.

Orioles: LF Trey Mancini missed a second straight game with a swollen right knee. ... DH Mark Trumbo (strained right quad) will begin a three-game stint with Double-A Bowie on Monday, then play three games with Triple-A Norfolk later in the week, manager Buck Showalter said. He won't be rushed to return. "It's important we get it right the first time," Showalter said.


Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin threw a side session Saturday and is expected to start Tuesday against the Cubs. Francona opted to skip Tomlin's last scheduled start Wednesday to reset the rotation after Cleveland had two straight games postponed last weekend.


Indians: Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 3.48 ERA) starts the series finale Monday night. The right-hander is 9-0 with a 1.75 ERA over his past 11 starts since Aug. 27.

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 5.57) makes his fifth start of the season after allowing 27 hits -- including six homers -- over 21 innings.